Thursday, February 10, 2011

McConnell at CPAC

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at CPAC today and shared near-term tactics as well as long-term strategies for conservatives to bear in mind:

CBS News reported that McConnell told conservatives that Republicans are "just getting started" in the battle to repeal Obamacare. "We're not going to retreat," he said.

A couple of other good lines:

"When we started this debate, the president's vision of reform had the support of about 70 percent of the American people," McConnell said. "But here's the problem: We didn't swear an oath to uphold whatever's popular. We swore an oath to uphold the Constitution."

"And according to the Constitution, nobody in Washington has a right to force anybody to buy something against their will," he added, referencing the line of attack conservatives have used in their court challenges against the legislation.

McConnell urged the conservative activists at the conference to "never confuse what's popular with what's right."If we do our jobs, popularity will take care of itself."


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